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Police did an amazing job.
Night was completely overhyped. There was next to no intimidation - would've been fine with a quarter of the police if that. One thing I'll take away with me is that AFC fans are just bullshitters. On a par with that 13 year old girl I remember calling us out at Norwich. Felt like a standard football match from the seventies. A can was thrown at our coach by some drunk but no chance of any damage.
Thought we supporters were very subdued. I expected us to be in good form, but apathy just settled over us. The only thing from us that shut them up was 'AFC Wimbledon, you shit on the floor'. Bernie liked that and AFC fans seemed reflective for a moment...
AFC as a team are very poor. They sang 'you're getting beat by a pub team'. Frankly both messages in that chant were spot on. Losing to them shows how weak we are at the moment.
Winkie was brilliant. I called for leadership in a previous thread, and that's exactly what he brought. Well done Pete and Bernie. Thanked us for our bravery, albeit little bravery was needed as far as I'm concerned.
Now to the match. Thought Neilson got this one badly wrong. Barnes on the inside didn't work at the weekend and it didn't work last night. Together with Muirhead who still brings very little, O'Keefe who seems to be getting to grips with this league, Agard as both target and striker (I kid you not), we had no presence and what little pace we had was in the wrong place. Out of balance. Barnes is superb, but the rest of the team rely on him too much. Our back four game them far too much space, and there was little commitment to closing down or the tackle. Frankly it was a relatively lazy performance.
Lewie and Baldock can consider themselves culpable too.
Neilson hasn't got to grips with this league yet, and a mass clear out of this squad is essential. If he continues to look to Scotland for players, we're buggered - the gap is large. Safety compels him to draw from experience and quality I would suggest.
Anyway, glad I went. Winkie was great, the police were terrific and I had the pleasure of meeting Clarky for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed his company for the trip there and back. Chatted to Digger for the first time in years too. We're in a relegation scrap now. Just need Cowshedphil to make a reappearance, and it'll feel like old times!
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